Men’s Health unfairly slams Five Guys

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It wouldn’t be so unfair if Men’s Health called their list “The Worst Foods in America to Overeat” but they left off the last bit. Instead they call the Five Guys large fries a bad choice without ever admitting that their “eat this instead” is exactly the same recommendation that Five Guys makes on their nutrition information[pdf].

That doesn’t give Five Guys a total pass, mind you, since their small exceeds the small size at competitor restaurants and can contribute to over-eating via the large plate problem. However Men’s Health calls them “worst fries” not “worst portion” and does this despite the fact that, gram for gram, Five Guys’ fries are lower in fat than competitors like McDonalds[pdf].

Five Guys Fries McDonald’s Fries
  • 122g of fries
  • 310 calories
  • 130 from fat
  • 15g total fat
  • 3g saturated fat
  • 117g of fries
  • 380 calories
  • 170 from fat
  • 19g total fat
  • 2.5g saturated fat

So you should consider limiting your overall fry intake no matter where you go – there’s not any way to make a deep-fried piece of potato good for you – but you could do worse to pick the Five Guys fry for your weekly indulgence.

In moderation, of course.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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